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We are excited to offer high-quality, cost effective solutions to our customers. We know that choosing the right abrasive-blasting equipment and accessories can be confusing. We also know that problems may arise and our assistance is required. We are here to answer your questions before or after your purchase. Our availability is Monday through Friday, 8 am through 5pm EDT at 269-782-9670.

We can also be reached by email at this address: support@cycloneblasters.com. You can also click here to create a custom message on our Contact Us page. The following links provide additional information and guidance on how to troubleshoot your abrasive blast system as well as additional resources on how to get the most out of your Cyclone Manufacturing abrasive blasting equipment.

Basic Troubleshooting

All Cyclone Manufacturing blast systems are delivered with a manual designed to help with understanding the operation and troubleshooting of your unit. Please refer to the manual as a first step and ensure to follow all cautionary and warning statements. All cyclone manuals are available in the Cyclone Library in PDF format.

SymptomCausePossible Solutions
Slow or Sporadic Bursts/BlastingMoistureAn airline moisture separator on the airline prior to the abrasive blasting cabinet should remedy this problem
Electric ShocksStatic ElectricityThe static electricity is generated by abrasive particles slamming together in the blast process. The effect will create a minor static shock to the operator when the arms touch the metal cabinet. While not dangerous, it is extremely annoying. This can be solved with a static electricity band part number 2003 available from Cyclone.
DustMedia & Media BreakdownThe abrasive blasting process is very dusty. Media eventually breaks down and dust and debris result from the impact of media against the part(s), especially rust and paint. The key is keeping the dust collector bag and filter clean, and frequently changing the broken down media in the cabinet.

Important Information

  Using blasting material too long will make performance weak and ineffective.

  Using blast nozzles and orifices too long will make the blast ineffective. Failure to change nozzles and orifices within normal wear times can lead to damage to the blast gun which may lead to the need to purchase an entirely new blast gun.

  Failing to clean dust collector filters often can shorten the life of the motor. The DC1500 has a cloth bag and a cartridge filter. The bag can be washed and reused and the cartridge filter can be blown off with an air gun.

  Faulty maintenance practices may void the warranty.

SDS Information

S.D.S. is an acronym for Safety Data Sheets. You may also know them as M.S.D.S, or Material Safety Data Sheets. These documents are provided by us from the original manufacturer and provide insight to the abrasives we carry. The SDS documents provide safe methods for storage, disposal, as well as health related information.

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Air and Media Consumption Chart

When it comes to abrasive blasting, the appropriate mixture of air and media is essential. It is extremely important to also understand that when it comes to the mixture, more may not always be better. In our siphon blasting machines, the air introduces a vacuum effect which draws media into the air stream.

The air stream combined with media is then aimed at the part(s) to be blasted and the work begins. A part of the system called the orifice controls the amount of air permitted into the mixing chamber of the blast gun. The larger opening the orifice (Orifice Size) has, the more air flows (CFM) through the mixing chamber and thus the more media you consume (Media lb/hr).

Air is produced by an air compressor and the more pressure (psi) you direct to the mixing chamber greatly impacts how much media is consumed as well as how much force is directed at your work surface. Finally, to generate a desired CFM, you need an air compressor capable of handling that amount of load (Horse Power). If you have any questions about this process, please feel free to call us or email us. We are here to serve you.

Orifice Size60 psi80 psi120 psi
Media (lb/hr)7085100
Horse Power222.5
Media (lb/hr)75100125
Horse Power33.54.5
Media (lb/hr)170220275
Horse Power578.5
Media (lb/hr)300410500
Horse Power912.517
Media (lb/hr)500650800
Horse Power142128

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Product Manuals

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